The Got Talent franchise gives anyone with a passion for their dream the opportunity to pursue it. Millions of people have auditioned around the world, and anyone who is determined to make their dream a reality is certainly eligible.
Claudya Fritska was only 12 years old when she auditioned for Indonesia’s Got Talent. This brave girl was diagnosed with eye cancer when she was 3 months old, and this lead to her losing her eyesight. Despite this, she was determined to do what she wanted to do: sing.
The 12-year-old said she loved to sing, and that if she won the grand prize, she would use it “to make my parents happy.”
To make it even more nerve-wracking, she had to perform in front of her favorite singer.
One of the judges for the competition was Anngun Sasmi, a popular Indonesian-French singer. Claudya described her as “her idol,” so at the very least, she had to perform not only in front of a large crowd in person and on TV, but also in front of someone she idolizes. Not an easy task, especially for a 12-year-old girl.
Her mother gave her words of encouragement right before the song, saying, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be shy.” And once Claudya hit the stage, she was anything but shy.
The performance was a show-stopper.
All alone on stage, Claudya performed a powerful rendition of Celine Dion’s “I Surrender.” The judges looked as if they couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. She received a long standing ovation from the crowd and the judges the second the song was done.
One of the judges told Claudya that Sasmi had tears in her eyes because of how moved she was by the performance. Once she was able to wipe her tears away and while trying to hold back even more tears, Sasmi praised her singing, much to Claudya’s delight.
One of the judges told the little girl, “You are the diamond who can enlighten our hearts.”
Claudya was left smiling ear-to-ear after the praise she received. The judges gave her a unanimous thumbs up to send her to the next round. Claudya was even good enough to make it to the final 12 in the competition.
The courage it took for this girl to go on stage and on national television and perform shows that no matter what circumstances affect your life, nothing can stop you from following your dreams.